the snake is hungry 

so the snake will eat 

and eat it does, chewing, gnawing, 

and will you ever notice, little thing, 

that it is your own tail 

you are swallowing? 


what do you want-- 


we've wanted everything, 

all of it, always, 

the shining pearl of the world 

to suck on like a lollipop head 

but our boiled sugar bones 

are melting 

under hot-red-hot blood. 

this has happened before. 

it will happen again. 

greedy, we are, and arrogant to0-- 

we will never learn 

we are no better 

than those who came 



hungry, hungry, horribly hungry. 

there is nothing left to eat. 



18 years old

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